Public Information Officer

Scott Dressel grew up in Avon Park and graduated from Avon Park High School in 1988. He attended MaDRESSELnatee and South Florida Community College before graduating from the University of Florida with a journalism degree. From 1994 to 2016, Scott worked for the News-Sun, beginning as a sports and public safety reporter before becoming sports editor and then managing editor of the newspaper.  Scott was hired by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office on January 26, 2017

Scott is married to Kelly (Prescott) and has two sons.

Sheriff Paul Blackman’s goal is to greatly increase communication with the public. We rely on the people we serve to keep us informed, and they should expect the same from their sheriff’s office. With that in mind, the HCSO has increased its online presence, adding Twitter and Instagram accounts and increasing the frequency and depth of Facebook posts.

Increased communication helps citizens keep up with what is happening in their community and also gives them a better knowledge of the ways the sheriff’s office protects them. If you see something that you think the HCSO should know about, email Scott at